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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at 50

    12/11/2014 7:49:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2014 | James Lileks
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special. For those remembering how they stared with wonder and awe at the jerky stop-motion animation and shivered with delicious fear at the perils faced by the plucky buck with the incandescent schnoz, the notion that this program occurred a half century ago would be a marvelous testament to the enduring power of the show’s appeal . . . if it didn’t make you feel so damned old. If it does, that is. For young kids today it’s a cultural artifact from a time so remote it...
  • This is a very clever Christmas cartoon...

    12/02/2014 9:51:21 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 40 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-2-14 | The Looking Spoon
    It took me a second...
  • Radioactivity in Norway's reindeers hits high

    10/06/2014 10:58:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    Much higher levels of radioactivity than normal have been found among Norway's grazing animals, especially its reindeer population, a study revealed on Monday. Almost 30 years after the nuclear plant explosion in Chernobyl, this autumn, more radioactivity has been measured in Norwegian grazing animals than has been noted in many years. Lavrans Skuterud, a scientist at the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Statens strålevern), said: “This year is extreme.” In September, 8200 becquerel per kilo of the radioactive substance Caesium-137 was measured in reindeer from Våga reinlag AS, in Jotunheimen, central Norway. In comparison, the highest amount at the same place...
  • Reindeer Herd Closes Norway Highway

    03/12/2014 5:02:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Mar 2014
    A giant herd of 2,000 reindeer has forced Norway's National Road Authority to shut off a major road between Oslo and Bergen to prevent them being killed by passing cars. The herd massed together on Hardangervidda, the mountain plateau in central Norway, and on Tuesday afternoon had moved within three kilometres of the country's Highway 7. "This is probably the first time the road has been closed for such reasons," the NPRA's local section head Lars Øyre said in a press statement. "Several times, the animals have got close to the road, and we've been on the point of pressing...
  • Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

    12/25/2013 4:06:32 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | December 25, 2013 | JESSICA PUPOVAC
    i i In 1939, Montgomery Ward in Chicago asked one of its admen to write a story for the department store's own children's book. Rauner Special Collections Library/Dartmouth College In 1939, Montgomery Ward in Chicago asked one of its admen to write a story for the department store's own children's book.Rauner Special Collections Library/Dartmouth College i i Author Robert May considered other names before settling on Rudolph. Imagine: We could be singing instead about the very shiny nose on Reginald, Rollo or Romeo. Courtesy of Rauner Special Collections Library/Dartmouth College Author Robert May considered other names before settling on...
  • It's Just Like Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. For Realsies.

    12/09/2013 9:27:28 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | December 9, 2013
    A nice Christmas season story. A woman was jogging in Virginia a few days ago when all of a sudden a deer flew towards her out of the sky and ran her over. You have to wonder if just for a moment that lady was like, "Wow. It's all true. Santa's reindeer are totally real and I must be on the really naughty list." Now, the unfortunate truth is that some dude hit the deer on the parkway and the deer flew off the dude's bumper onto the lady. But just for one second you'd have to think that girl...
  • Train kills reindeer 'like meat grinder': farmer

    03/14/2012 2:04:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 15 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/12/2012 | The Local/og
    A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures. The train line, which runs between Umeå and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks. Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages...
  • Train kills reindeer 'like meat grinder': farmer [Swedish high-speed rail]

    03/13/2012 1:38:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    The Local [Sweden] ^ | 12 Mar 2012 | unattributed
    A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures. The train line, which runs between Umeå and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks. Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages...
  • Dear Santa: Give me Bieber or I'll kill you

    12/17/2011 1:28:36 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 32 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12-16-11
    A 13-year-old British girl shocked her mother by asking Santa Claus for a bunch of presents — including "the real-life Justin Bieber" — and threatening to kill Santa if he refuses to deliver. Metro UK reported this week that the girl, Mekeeda Austin, who lives in Brickhill in Bedford, also threatened to "hunt down" Santa's reindeer so she could "cook them and serve their meat to homeless people on Xmas day." The girl said she was mostly joking.
  • Professor: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Promotes Bullying

    12/06/2011 7:30:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | December 5, 2011 | Doug Powers
    At first I thought his complaint might have something to do with the scene that you can only see in the director’s cut where the Abominable Snow Monster took Hermey’s dental school lunch money and gave him an atomic wedgie while Yukon Cornelius laughed until icicles came out his nose, but instead, the apparent problem is with Santa himself. As it turns out, St. Nick is no saint: Santa Claus doesn’t just drop off presents for kids — he also encourages the soul-crushing of generation after generation of Christmas-reveling children. Or says one author, at least. Appearing on Fox News,...
  • Reindeer see a Wonderful World of Ultraviolet Light

    07/18/2011 1:08:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 14 replies · 1+ views
    A BBSRC-funded team at UCL has published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology that shows that this remarkable visual ability is part of the reindeer's unique adaptation to the extreme arctic environment where they live. It allows them to take in live-saving information in conditions where normal mammalian vision would make them vulnerable to starvation, predators and territorial conflict. It also raises the question of how reindeer protect their eyes from being damaged by UV, which is thought to be harmful to human vision. Lead researcher Glen Jeffery said, "We discovered that reindeer can not only see...
  • Clues to Neanderthal hunting tactics hidden in reindeer teeth

    05/24/2011 6:46:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | May 16, 2011 | Sara Coelho
    Scientists have found that our cousins the Neanderthal employed sophisticated hunting strategies similar to the tactics used much later by modern humans. The new findings come from the analysis of subtle chemical variations in reindeer teeth.Reindeer and caribou are nowadays restricted to the northernmost regions of Eurasia and America. But many thousands of years ago, large reindeer herds roamed throughout Europe and were hunted by the Neanderthal people. Kate Britton, an archaeologist now at the University of Aberdeen, and her colleagues were part of a team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, that studied the Jonzac Neanderthal...
  • Dairy Queen's Bizarre Christmas Promotion (Bring in a Live Reindeer)

    12/20/2010 9:40:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Connecticut ^ | Mon, Dec 20, 2010 | Bob Connors
    You've no doubt heard the commercial "What would you do for a Klondike Bar?". Well, Dairy Queen is asking you what would you do for a free Blizzard on Christmas Eve. The chain is offering the frozen treat Dec. 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., but there's a catch. To get the free Reindeer Bites Blizzard, you have to bring a real, living, breathing reindeer to participating Dairy Queen or DQ Grill & Chill restaurant. There are several locations across Connecticut. "We've put out the call for fans to stop by with their reindeer to fuel up before the...
  • Court Favors Wolves, Endangers Elk, Moose and Humans

    09/09/2010 9:51:09 AM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies
    the new american ^ | 09.09.2010 | willilam f. jasper
    United States District Judge Donald Molloy's August 5 decision to restore full endangered species protection to the Canadian gray wolf in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming virtually guarantees that more people will fall victim to the proliferating and increasingly brazen predators. In addition, elk populations as well as populations of other wild ungulates (moose, deer, goats, sheep, bison) may be driven to near extinction levels in many parts of the Rocky Mountain Northwest due to wolf predation. Ranchers also have experienced a sharp increase in wolf killings of cattle and sheep, enough so that some cattlemen and sheepmen have been driven...
  • Reindeer Not Having A Ball With Global Warming

    06/10/2010 5:17:00 AM PDT · by mattstat · 12 replies · 84+ views
    See if you have the smarts to follow this: global warming is going to cause "thick ice layers on top of [the] snow" in Norway, which will make "it harder for reindeer to reach the lichen that they feed on beneath." More global warming means more ice and less lichen. OK so far? Now, you're an ordinary, compassionate sort of fellow (or fellowette) are you not? You'd hate to see Santa forced to cancel Christmas because his heard of sleigh-pullers crapped out for the lack of lichen, isn't that so? What would you do? Well, if you were an intellectually...
  • Before the Fall of the Reindeer People

    12/21/2009 8:32:22 AM PST · by BGHater · 95 replies · 2,487+ views
    Environmental Graffiti ^ | 13 Dec 2009 | EG
    A Sami (Lapp) family in Norway around 1900Photo: Library of CongressIn the freezing far northern reaches of Europe live an indigenous, semi-nomadic people of fishermen, fur trappers and reindeer herders. Like a thin but stubborn sheet of ice, these people have inhabited Sápmi, a large but sparsely populated area covering parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula for thousands of years. They remained closely tied to nature throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, as their clothes, dwellings and other trappings of culture bear witness – here beautifully frozen in film. These people are the Sámi.Sami family in...
  • Reindeer Games: Wildlife experts ponder gender of Santa's reindeer

    12/22/2008 7:25:39 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 821+ views
    There may be a perfectly good reason why Santa doesn't get lost on his annual Christmas globetrot: His flying reindeer just might be female and don't mind stopping for directions.The gender of Rudolph and his or her sleigh-hauling friends — the subject of goofy Internet chatter every year around this time — is now being pondered by renowned wildlife experts at Texas A&M University."Santa's reindeers were really females, most likely," said Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor specializing in deer...
  • Palin and "All the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names"

    12/04/2008 7:15:54 AM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 16 replies · 2,160+ views
    POLITICOLOCO ^ | 12-4-08 | Anne Mullins
    Remember this holiday card - that if memory serves won an award or two - last year?
  • Ill. zoo creates ornaments from reindeer droppings

    11/28/2008 10:42:17 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies · 419+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | November 28, 2008
    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Christmas ornaments for sale at the Miller Park Zoo's gift shop are partly manufactured by reindeer. Honest! Staffers make decorations out of droppings from the zoo's two reindeer, Ealu and Rika. The droppings are dried, then clear-coated and either painted or rolled in glitter.
  • Reindeer Catastrophe Overshadows Sami National Day (Snow)

    02/11/2008 3:32:14 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 258+ views
    The Local ^ | 2-5-2008
    Reindeer catastrophe overshadows Sami national day Published: 5 Feb 08 15:22 CET Online: http://www.thelocal.se/9886/ The Sami people of northern Sweden celebrate their national day on February 6th and Lappland is a hive of activity getting ready for the party of the year. Reindeer shoes are being made, handicrafts sculpted and party frocks designed and sewn up. Jokkmokk's yearly market sets the pulses racing among Sami youth and high schools and colleges get their traditional goods ready to sell to the hordes of brethren and tourists that will descend on the town from near and far. "For some it is a...
  • Reindeer: It's What Was For Dinner

    12/22/2007 10:07:24 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 214+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 12-20-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Reindeer: It's What Was For Dinner Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsOnce a Staple Dec. 20, 2007 -- Reindeer meat went from being an occasional treat to everyday fare among prehistoric cavemen who lived in Southwest France and what is now the Czech Republic, two new studies suggest. In fact, so many nibbled-on reindeer bones were present in their caves that possible calendars circa 26,000 years ago might have been carved on the leftover bones. They may have also been used as counting devices or for ornamentation. The first study, authored by J. Tyler Faith, analyzed bones found in limestone cave and...
  • Police: Coach Turned Holiday Displays Into Porn(Village Idiot Alert!)

    12/18/2007 6:43:52 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 46 replies · 656+ views
    cbs46.com ^ | 12/18/2007 | Staff
    MARIETTA, Ga. -- A coach faces charges after police said he led a group of students on a lewd Christmas prank in Marietta. Police said John Hayes, 46, loaded several middle schoolers into the back of his pickup truck, and drove them around after dark as they damaged Christmas displays. The group even made several homeowners’ displays X-rated, police said, including placing reindeer in sexual positions. A homeowner who did not want to be identified said he followed Hayes’ pickup truck and confronted him. “I said ‘Are you crazy?’ and he said, ‘It's just a bit of fun,’” the homeowner...
  • DFU SONG - CHRISTMAS 2007: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Hillary run over by Obama)

    11/30/2007 3:14:54 PM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 225+ views
    DFU Christmas parody songs 2007 ^ | Nov. 30, 2007 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    NOTE: as I have traditionally done, Christmas songs telling the news of the day will only be the secular songs. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2007 DFU CHRISTMAS PARODIES: OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODSIT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMASPARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERSI SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS MIDI - GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER - 2nd version Hillary's run over by Obama...Iowa is now a battleground She is wondering how it could happen...'cause this development could be profound She is always in control...there is nothing left to chance She has some PI's watching Willie...they make sure that...
  • 'Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer' Prompts $2 Million Lawsuit

    11/30/2007 1:12:20 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies · 77+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/27/2007 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES — A feud involving the man who sang "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" could wind up in court, just in time for Christmas. Elmo Shropshire was sued for breach of contract Monday by a company that claims he interfered in a $1 million-plus deal to sell musical trucks, bobblehead dolls, snow globes and cookie jars featuring characters from an animated show based on the novelty song. The tale about Santa mowing down a tipsy grandma with his sleigh was first heard in 1979 and has become a holiday favorite. It inspired a 2000 animated TV program...
  • Reindeers Change Their Eyes For Summer And Winter, Study Finds

    03/13/2007 5:02:13 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 597+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 3-13-2007 | James Owen
    Reindeer Change Their Eyes for Summer and Winter, Study Finds James Owen for National Geographic News March 13, 2007 Reindeer have a different set of eyes for summer and winter, a new study suggests. Scientists say the animals change their eye color and structure with the seasons in Arctic regions where permanent summer sunlight is replaced by 24-hour darkness in winter. The visual alterations appear to be an adaptation to deal with polar light extremes, according to the researchers from Norway and the U.K., who add that the phenomenon has never before been recorded in mammals. The researchers studied reindeer...
  • 'Race you to the North Pole'

    12/04/2006 4:20:17 AM PST · by MadIvan · 4 replies · 285+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2006 | Staff
    Blink and you won't miss this sea of Santas. All competitors taking part in the annual five kilometre Santa Dash in Liverpool. It looks like it wasn't such a cool yule for the red-faced santa's panting away as they jogged through the City of Culture's streets in their warm, red suits.
  • Gibbon on global warming

    07/29/2006 6:19:54 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 810+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | 29 July 2006 | Scott Johnson
    Gibbon on global warming Yale University Professor Charles Hill is one of the Yale faculty's notable polymaths. Before joining the Yale faculty as diplomat in residence and lecturer in international politics, he seems to have been everywhere and done everything. His former student Molly Worthen titled her biography of Professor Hill The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost (a book we wrote about here, here and here). Yesterday's Wall Street Journal carried a letter to the editor by Professor Hill responding to a Journal editorial on global warming hokum: "The fact that the earth's climate changes in cycles from warm...
  • American Family Vacation in Kiruna Sweden - North of the Arctic Circle March 2006

    05/23/2006 9:56:10 AM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 21 replies · 25,223+ views
    Personal letters home to US friends and family | 5/23/2006 | schwing_wifey
    At the end of March, Admiral Peary , Frosty , and myself flew up to Kiruna, Sweden, the home of the famous Ice Hotel, the world largest deep mine, and the area known as Lapland. It was an hour and 20 minute flight from Stockholm and took us inside the Arctic Circle. We were as far north as the Brooks Range in Alaska. Now Kiruna Airport, what can I say but its a riot. It has one arrival lounge and one departure lounge, and had one plane (ours) at it. They rolled up steps and unloaded people from the front...
  • Fear of monsters A tale of the Bosnian War

    10/12/2005 7:51:24 AM PDT · by VirginiaMil · 3 replies · 813+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | October 12, 2005 | W. THOMAS SMITH JR.
    As bedtime approached, some of the children began to cry, fearful that "the soldiers" were going to come and kill them in their sleep.
  • Santa compensated for dead reindeer

    10/02/2005 11:39:53 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 10 replies · 463+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 30, 2005 | Not attributed
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Santa Claus will receive $5,000 in compensation from the Danish air force after an F-16 fighter jet frightened one of his reindeers to death. ADVERTISEMENT Professional Danish Santa Olavi Niikanoff complained to the air force after a reindeer died with fright when a jet roared over the field where his animals were grazing, air force spokesman Captain Morten Jensen told Reuters. "We acknowledge it was our fault and we have to pay compensation," Jensen said, adding that the air force regularly paid out sums of money to compensate for animals that die of fright when planes boom...
  • Danish Air Force F-16s scare Rudolf to death

    10/02/2005 6:16:15 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies · 428+ views
    F-16.net ^ | Saturday, October 01, 2005 | unknown
    Saturday, October 01, 2005 - The Danish Air Force has paid 30,000 krones (about $4,800) in damages to a local Santa Claus after its F-16s scared his only reindeer to death, Danish television reported Friday. The incident occurred in February at the farm of Olavi Niikanoff, who fulfils traditional Christmas time work as a local Santa Claus. Niikanoff said his reindeer, Rudolph, was quietly grazing when two F-16s appeared out of nowhere and roared over the terrified animal. The reindeer died on the spot from a heart attack, a veterinarian said. The farmer demanded compensation from the Air Force. After...
  • Reindeer Injures Old Couple in Finland

    09/26/2005 10:01:12 AM PDT · by mwyounce · 28 replies · 631+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 9-26-05
    A reindeer injured an elderly couple in the wilds of Finnish Lapland, in a rare attack that caused injuries needing hospital treatment, officials said Monday. A male reindeer suddenly appeared from a forest and attacked a man who was hiking Sunday with his partner near Kittila, about 620 miles north of Helsinki. The buck butted the man to the ground and kicked him before turning on the woman who was talking to her son on a mobile phone, Kittila fire chief Jorma Ojala said. The son alerted rescue workers who arrived in helicopters and flew the couple to hospital. The...
  • Reindeer grazing war looms up north (Norway)

    05/09/2005 3:03:01 AM PDT · by franksolich · 34 replies · 544+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | May 10, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    Reindeer herders in the north of Sweden are considering releasing their flocks over the border to graze in Norway. At issue is a conflict over grazing regulations in the border area.The pending move by the native Swedish sami [Fred: Suomi, please] people is expected to spur protests from their counterparts on the Norwegian side of the border."We won't get into fist fights, that's a bit too primitive," says Per Gunnar Harnesk of Sirges, the largest sami [Fred: Suomi] town along the Swedish border with Norway."But we're prepared for a number of conflicts and police reports," Harnesk told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.According...
  • Finland wants wolf hunt (Norway)

    04/13/2005 5:55:30 PM PDT · by franksolich · 37 replies · 827+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 13, 2005 | tr. Jonathan Tisdall
    Finland wants wolf huntFinland has appealed to the European Union for permission to kill wolves that cause problems for their human population.A Finnish delegation lead by EU parliamentarian Henrix Lax asked the EU's environment commissioner Stavros Dimas for the right to shoot wolves and presented a petition signed by 21,000 Finns, newspaper Dagsavisen reports.The EU Commission ruled in January that Finland would stand trial for their wolf hunt.Lax said that it was incomprehensible that Finland's EU membership meant that citizens had to live in fear of wolves," Finnish Broadcasting YLE reported.
  • Moose rings twice (Norway)

    03/04/2005 6:05:57 AM PST · by franksolich · 29 replies · 850+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | March 4, 2005 | tr. Jonathan Tisdall
    Moose rings twiceIt was too early to be the postman, and a family in Buvikåsen found instead that their unexpected visitor was from the animal kingdom.The family had barely risen from their beds when they heard the doorbell chime on a frosty morning during the winter holidays last week.The man of the house, which is on the edge of a forest, tried to spot who their unexpected visitor could be, but the view of the front door was blocked by a veranda roof - but he could hear heavy breathing from the entrance stairs, newspaper Trønderbladet reports.At this point the...
  • Helly Hansen hauls in a record (Norway)

    02/21/2005 2:29:21 PM PST · by franksolich · 30 replies · 1,713+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | February 21, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund
    Helly Hansen hauls in a recordThey used to be best known for rain slickers and storm gear, but Norwegian clothing maker Helly Hansen has since gone international and definitely upscale. The company is now eyeing record sales and has big plans."The younger generation in Norway, and all our customers worldwide, have a completely different image of Helly Hansen than grown-ups do," Hans Gunleiksrud of Helly Hansen told newspaper Aftenposten this week. That suits him just fine.Sales of Helly Hansen's spring collection are up 40 percent in Norway and 23 percent internationally. The company now aims to open a new so-called...
  • Airport security nabs moonshine (Norway)

    02/10/2005 5:22:29 AM PST · by franksolich · 14 replies · 465+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | February 10, 2005 | local reporter
    Airport security nabs moonshineA man in central Norway tucked five liters of home-brewed alcohol into his suitcase and checked it on board a flight from Trondheim. Airport security officials confiscated the canister, claiming it could have blown up the plane.The incident occurred last week, when the man, in his 30s, checked in for a flight to northern Norway. The web site for local newpaper Adresseavisen said the home brew was removed, but the man was allowed to continue his journey.The alcohol, according to Arne Hofstad of the Nord-Trøndelag Police District, "can be compared to gasoline, only it burns even better."...
  • Norway's wolf claim unsupported

    01/31/2005 4:54:18 AM PST · by franksolich · 15 replies · 590+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | January 28, 2005 | local reporter
    Norway's wolf claim unsupported Scandinavian wolf researchers say that Norwegian authorities have no scientific basis for their claim that the ongoing cull of five wolves will not threaten Norway's wolf population. Here the first of five wolves was shot in Koppang on Jan. 16. The second wolf shot was a fertile female from a protected zone, shot by mistake. Norway's claim that killing five of its roughly 20 wolves poses no danger is based on an argument that Norway and Sweden have a shared wolf population of a bit over 100 animals. Experts dispute the Norwegian standpoint, forskning.no, the web...
  • Tiny reindeer was Soviet wartime gift

    12/29/2004 5:11:34 PM PST · by Shermy · 5 replies · 473+ views
    ANACONDA — It was a special holiday delivery, not quite from the North Pole, but from territory deep within the Arctic Circle. The tiny, young reindeer that Chief Petty Officer Frank St. Pierre backhauled aboard the Canadian destroyer Haida was a wartime gift from an admiral at Murmansk, USSR, to another at Scapa Flow, Scotland, for Christmas 1943. The live cargo that became the destroyer's mascot spent nearly two weeks romping on the deck of the Haida, where it was cared for by the ship's stoker, who also tended the boilers that powered the prize of the Royal Canadian Navy...
  • I Want the Reindeer Back on the Elipse

    12/12/2004 4:10:54 PM PST · by Snapple · 13 replies · 317+ views
    Vanity | 12-12-04 | Snapple
    We used to go see the Christmas tree, the state trees, bondfire, and reindeer every year on the Elipse in Washington D.C. Then some animal rights activists made a stink and they took the reindeer away. Bush should return the reindeer. They were very happy eating their hay and running around in the huge pen.
  • Osama got run over by a reindeer...

    12/07/2004 7:08:16 PM PST · by Ronzo · 18 replies · 1,048+ views
    For some really good Christmas cheer, check out this cute little animation & song: Osama Got Run Over By a Reindeer Merry Christmas!!!
  • VANITY: FREEPER HELP NEEDED! I NEED A PHOTOGRAPH OF A REINDEER

    12/06/2004 7:39:15 AM PST · by RayBob · 37 replies · 5,789+ views
    A friend's daughter's letter to Santa | 12/6/04 | RayBob
    Guys, I need your help. A friend's daughter has written a letter to Santa asking him some questions... you see, she's on the cusp...she still wants to believe but has her doubts. One of the things that she asked for was a picture of a reindeer. (She also asked what Mrs. Claus's first name was.) I know I'll get flamed for wanting to encourage a child to believe in Santa by the anti-Santa crowd. Frankly, I don't care. These folks are Christians and this little girl knows what Christmas is all about, but there is also the magic of a...
  • Wrong treats could hamper flight, warns reindeer experts [posted 2 days late, save for next year]

    12/27/2003 6:24:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Country Today ^ | 12-27-03 | Sara Bredesen
    MILLTOWN -- Tom Scheib is one of several reindeer and feed experts who is warning well-meaning folks to be careful with snacks and treats for Santa's reindeer this week. "I know that if you change a reindeer's diet more than 10 percent in a day, they can get deathly ill," said Mr. Scheib, operator of Dancing Reindeer Farm in Polk County. Even the popular carrots left out on Christmas eve may not be the best option for families attempting to help the reindeer through their difficult delivery schedule. "They only have teeth in the front on the bottom, so it's...
  • Reindeer Gets 'Frisky' With TV Reporter

    12/23/2003 6:22:38 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 43 replies · 439+ views
    Reindeer Gets 'Frisky' With TV Reporter Blitzen Knocks Woman Off Her Feet turnto10, Rhode Island POSTED: 2:55 PM EST December 23, 2003 UPDATED: 2:58 PM EST December 23, 2003 As you know, Santa's reindeer are gearing up for their "big night," just a few days away. They've been cooped up all year long, saving their energy to pull St. Nick's sleigh all around the world. This, of course, gives the reindeer all a serious case of cabin fever and reporter Meghan Stapleton from NBC station KTUU learned that the hard way. As she was squatting down next to "Blitzen,"...
  • Wild reindeer numbers are dropping

    12/18/2003 9:09:15 AM PST · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 315+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2003
    <p>As children count down to the arrival of Rudolph, scientists warned that Norway's remaining wild reindeer population is under threat.</p> <p>They said construction projects have encroached on their natural habitat in Norway and forced the animals to smaller areas with poorer food supplies.</p>
  • Dispute Rages Over Reindeer Attacks

    08/08/2003 12:27:57 PM PDT · by Shermy · 16 replies · 208+ views
    Norway Aftenposen ^ | August 8, 2003
    In one of those "only in Norway" debates, officials in the far north are arguing over how many reindeer have been attacked and killed by eagles. At stake are large compensation sums paid out to those owning the reindeer herds. The numbers are, indeed, astonishing. Reindeer owners on the Finnmark Plateau (Finnmarksvidda) say they've lost as many as 7,300 animals to eagle attacks in just one year. Nonsense, says ornithologist Per J Toemmeraas. "The damage toll that's presented is impossible to harmonize with the very, very few eagles that can be found on the Finnmark Plateau," he claims. "How in...
  • The top-secret joke the CIA didn't want you to hear

    06/30/2003 10:50:32 AM PDT · by Grig · 16 replies · 259+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | Monday, June 30, 2003 | David Pugliese
    One of the CIA's deepest and darkest secrets -- a classified report about a plot by the "Ebenezer Scrooge" terrorist group to attack Santa Claus and his reindeer -- has finally been revealed after almost 30 years. Researchers who recently uncovered the report say the joke memo warning about a potential terror attack on the North Pole, which had been classified "secret" for decades, speaks more about the U.S. government's obsession with keeping information from the public than it does of the black humour of the spies who wrote it. The saga of the top-secret Santa file began in 1974,...
  • Reindeer pate hits the shelves (RUDOLPH CANAPES ALERT)

    12/13/2002 1:18:43 PM PST · by MadIvan · 41 replies · 261+ views
    Ananova ^ | December 13, 2002 | Ananova
    A range of foods made from reindeer has been launched in a UK store just days before Christmas. London's Fortnum and Mason is stocking reindeer pate and reindeer stew. The store in Piccadilly insisted the launch was not timed to coincide with Christmas. The two products are made by Edible, a company which specialises in unusual delicacies such as chocolate-covered insects and snake wine. Fortnum and Mason, which holds three Royal Warrants, began selling reindeer pate at £15 a jar and shredded meat stew for £14 around a month ago. A spokeswoman for the store said: "We don't consider it...
  • Santa is on his way!

    12/02/2002 3:20:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 54 replies · 717+ views
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  • Russian Reindeer Sailed to England on World War II Submarine

    01/16/2002 4:57:08 PM PST · by Shermy · 20 replies · 656+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | January 17, 2002 | Kevin O'Flynn
    Sladen hugging Polly Anna in the recently found photograph that proves the legend. A World War II legend of how a Russian reindeer sailed from the Far North to Britain in a submarine had always been written off as one of those hoary old wartime tales. But 60 years later, the tale has been proven true with the unearthing of a photograph showing the burly commander of the HMS Trident, Commander Geoffrey Sladen, with Polly Anna the reindeer, a gift from one generous Soviet admiral. The British Royal Navy Submarine Museum, which received the photograph last week, had heard of ...